Ogdensburg airport celebrates 10,000-passenger milestone

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Tahar Abdallar — traveling with his family from Gatineau, Quebec — was honored as passenger No. 10,000 to fly out of the Ogdensburg International Airport.

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Dr. Tahar Abdallar — traveling with his family from Gatineau, Quebec — was honored as passenger No. 10,000 to fly out of the Ogdensburg International Airport.

By LARRY ROBINSON
LROBINSON@OGD.COM

The Ogdensburg International Airport has reached its goal of 10,000 passengers by the end of 2016.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority officials said a Dec. 31 flight from Ogdensburg to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., achieved the milestone. Dr. Tahar Abdallar — traveling with his family from Gatineau, Quebec — was honored as passenger 10,000 to fly out of the airport.

“With the departure of Allegiant Flight 1711 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Ogdensburg International Airport achieved a historical milestone,” according to a press release from the OBPA. “For the first time in its history OGS achieved 10,000 enplanements in a calendar year.”

Mr. Abdallar and his family were honored in a brief ceremony at OGS on the day of the departure, according to OBPA officials.

“Ten thousand enplanements is the first step and a new number that we have not reached in our history,” said OBPA Board Chairman Samuel J. LaMacchia in a statement. “Our future is just beginning and we are so appreciative of the many people who have helped us to get to this level.”

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis concurred, saying he and other OBPA officials were “delighted” to see the airport achieve the historic milestone in usage. He credited airline officials, airport management, and community support for the success.

“This was made possible with Allegiant, Cape Air, community support, and the unwavering leadership of Airport Manager Patrick J. Sharrow and the OGS team,” Mr. Davis said.

Mr. Davis also credited the OBPA’s board of directors for their role in helping the airport expand in recent years.

The authority’s board of directors includes Samuel J. LaMacchia, chairman, Douglas W. Loffler, Gavin M. Regan, Vernon “Sam” D. Burns, Megan J.M. Whitton, and James T. Farrell.

The authority’s mission is to manage regional infrastructure while working with the private sector to create jobs and investment, according to the OBPA.

In October, OBPA officials held an official grand opening to showcase the airport’s $26 million expansion. The project was completed in three years, instead of the 10 years usually required, according to the OBPA.